The hunting and nesting ground for a red-headed woodpecker. The first picture is just what he's left behind, the last two are actual use of the nest.
This tree stands at the edge of a clearing in a pine forest in Southeastern Texas. The red-headed woodpecker could still be seen working on it occasionally, but was using one of the lower ones for nesting.
Fun to watch them coming and going. Wiki says "They lay 4 to 7 eggs in early May which are incubated for two weeks. Two broods can be raised in a single nesting season." I would imagine that far south, they were working on the second batch.
Lat: 30.80, Long: -94.50
Spotted on Sep 28, 2010
Submitted on Feb 3, 2019